North Dakota Governor Signs Bill That Lets Teachers Ignore Trans Pronouns

Teachers and parents demonstrate outside Los Angeles school district headquarters as the school board prepared to vote on whether to transfer operation of several under performing schools to private groups Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010. The vote will affect 30 schools and is part of a larger plan to turn over about a third of the campuses in the nation's second-largest school district to private operators. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

North Dakota’s Republican Governor Doug Burgum signed a bill into law on Monday which allows public school teachers and state government employees to disregard the pronouns that their transgender students and colleagues use, his office announced.

The new law also mandates that teachers notify parents or guardians if their child identifies as transgender.

It also forbids transgender students from using the restroom of their choice without prior approval from a parent or guardian, with the new law immediately effective.